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MSc Sport Nutrition

Convert your International Olympic Committee (IOC) diploma in sports nutrition into a Masters, and delve deeper into the science behind the subject at the University of Stirling.

Sport Nutrition

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Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc
  • Start date 1st of any month
  • Duration MSc full-time: 6 months, MSc part-time: 12 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based

Sport nutrition is an increasingly vital part of elite sport and there has never been a better time to specialise, as recreational competitive sport and elite performance sport grow increasingly popular in the UK. The University of Stirling is one of only six universities worldwide approved to provide this Masters conversion course in sports nutrition.

This Masters degree focuses on the science behind sports nutrition and is designed specifically for students who already have an International Olympic Committee (IOC) Diploma in sports nutrition and want to further their knowledge.

To complete the course, you’ll be asked to plan, conduct and write a research project in Sports Nutrition, and you’ll receive high-quality training and support from our expert staff as you study. By the time you graduate, you’ll have an even greater knowledge of sports nutrition and a clear understanding of how to put your research into practice.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Course objectives

    This course is designed to expand on the knowledge you’ve acquired whilst studying for your IOC Sports Nutrition diploma. You’ll complete a dissertation on an approved topic of your choice while gaining a deeper understanding of the science behind the subject, a broader network of expertise and an enhanced ability to share your findings with the wider world.

  • Professional accreditations

    The IOC recognises the University of Stirling as one of just six universities in the world that offers an MSc conversion course for its highly-regarded diploma in Sports Nutrition.

  • Faculty facilities

    The University of Stirling is Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence. Our five-star sports facilities include The National Tennis Centre, an on-campus golf course, Olympic-sized swimming pool and much more. We’re consistently ranked among the best universities in the UK for our sports facilities, making Stirling the perfect destination if you’re studying sport or the science behind it.

    Find out more about our sporting facilities.

  • Research

    The University of Stirling’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport was ranked 1st in Scotland for Health Sciences in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014).

  • Academic requirements

    Applicants must have met the entrance requirements for, and must have successfully completed, the IOC postgraduate diploma in Sports Nutrition.

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each sub-skill
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 176 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
    • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with a minimum of 51 in each sub-skill
    • IBT TOEFL 80 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
    • Trinity ISE II Pass overall and Merit in all sub-skills, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills

    Last updated: 5 December 2019

    For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

  • Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

Our MSc Sport Nutrition enables you to convert your IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition into a Masters degree by completing an in-depth research project.


The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery in the next academic intake of this course. These may be subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes.

Course Details

  • Teaching

    This course consists of a single dissertation module, which can be completed full-time over a 6-month period or part-time over 12 months. Full-time students have to be based in Stirling, but part-time students may be able to complete the course off-campus with prior agreement from the University.

    To complete your dissertation, you’ll conduct independent research into your chosen topic and take advantage of our world-class sports facilities, labs and expertise.

  • Assessment

    You’ll conduct a research project and share your findings in a dissertation of 3,000-5,000 words. A grade will be awarded for the dissertation, as well as a 10 minute oral presentation given to coincide with its submission. A question and answer exam with an external examiner will also form part of your assessment.

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  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (fees are different for each course)

      2019/20 2020/21

    Home/EU Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course*

    If you’re domiciled in Scotland, you may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover your tuition fees and associated living costs. Students domiciled in the EU can also apply for tuition fee support, although may not be eligible to receive funding to support living costs.

    If you're domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you should be eligible to apply for a loan from your regional body.

    English students apply for a loan of up to £10,609 per year as part of the UK Postgraduate Loan Scheme, Welsh students can apply for a non-means tested loan of up to £13,000 from the Welsh Government and Northern Irish students are eligible to apply for support of up to £5,500.

    *Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.

    £4,100 £4,100

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course. Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.

    £6,375 £6,700

    Please note: You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

  • Scholarships and funding

    If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances.

    Learn more about available funding opportunities or use our scholarship finder to explore our range of scholarships.

  • Additional costs

    There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

A sports nutrition degree from the University of Stirling will ensure you are well qualified to work within a number of different sporting environments. From national and international sports teams and governing bodies, to private gyms and sport and exercise organisations, you’ll leave Stirling fully equipped with the skills you need to succeed.

  • Capitalise on the growing opportunities available to qualified sports nutritionists
  • Take advantage of Stirling’s international reputation for sporting excellence
  • 96% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2016/17)

Sports nutrition courses like ours can lead to a wide range of professional opportunities. Your knowledge in the subject can be applied to help athletes make optimal gains, reduce their risk of injury and illness and consistently achieve high performance levels.

  • Employability skills

    Your studies at the University of Stirling will give you the opportunity to refine your expertise in sports nutrition. You’ll not only learn more about conducting research and communicating it effectively, you’ll also establish meaningful connections with leading academics in the field. The University has a proven track record for getting students career-ready, and all of the skills, knowledge and connections you acquire during your time here will help to make you more employable.

My time at the University of Stirling has also broadened my professional network, specifically in the sport science field. I now personally know experts whom I can email and discuss ideas with and I have also met fellow sport nutrition professionals.
Alina Petre
MSc Sport Nutrition
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Hannah Sheridan
I would definitely say the Msc at Stirling helped with employment success but also put me in a good position to continue further study, if I decide to go back into research.
Hannah Sheridan
MSc Sport Nutrition
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